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Erika Butler

USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BA Loyola University
Former Student Assistant Coach Loyola University Women's Team

"I want to lead, inspire and help players accomplish their goals on and off the field. I love the game of soccer and I enjoy making kids better players and individuals"

Playing Experience:
Loyola University
All Midwestern Collegiate Conference-MCC Team
Fremd High School
Daily Herald All Area Team, All Conference, Daily Herald All-Academic Team
Fremd High School "Athlete of the Year"
Illinois ODP State Team Player
Ela Alliance-3 Illinois State Cup Championships

Favorite Sports Teams:
Manchester United, Women's National Team, Ohio State Football
Chris Cassidy
USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
UIUC - BS Chemistry; MS Teaching of Chemistry
Chemistry Teacher-Hersey High School

Coaching Experience
Hersey HS boys and girls coach 1999-2015, freshmen through varsity levels
Elite SC coach U14-U19 2009-2011

"I see certain traits in my students who are also athletes. They persevere when success is not immediate.  They are resilient in the face of adversity.  They know how to work cooperatively, demanding commitment and discipline from themselves and others.  My experience leads me to believe that these qualities are fostered by the growth that competitive sports provide.  I love to watch young players grow in confidence and decision making ability while they play and learn the game."  

Playing Experience
St. Joseph HS

Markus Fiordaliso
USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
Loyola University, BA Finance/Economics
Buffalo Grove High School

"As a former division I soccer player I have learned the significance of hard work and determination. As a result, I have become a driven individual who strives to be successful in all aspects.I want to share my passion for soccer with my players but more importantly I want to help teach life skills in training and games that can be applied off the field.

Playing Experience
Loyola University Division I
Buffalo Grove High School(2 time All Conference, 2 time Daily Herald All Area, 2 time All Sectional, 2x Team MVP)
Grove United SC
Favorite teams:
BvB, USMNT, Chicago Bulls




John Fox
USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BA-Santa Clara University
Teacher at London Middle School
Former Head coach AtIngraham High School in Seattle

"Coaching includes so many great elements. I love teaching kids to do something well and seeing how much fun they have as they become better.Being around a game that has been such a part of my life is constantly rewarding when I see young players develop this same passion"

Playing Experience:
Santa Clara University Club Soccer
Columbia Eagles Soccer Club-Seattle
Favorite Sports Team:
US Mens National Team, Oakland Raiders
Racheal Foxley
Assistant Women's Coach North Park University
USSF National Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
Murray State University - Bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Physical and Health Education
Former youth and HS coach Kentucky

"As a coach I want to develop not only a soccer player but also a good human being off the field. Developing a relationship with the kids is so important as they are the ones that look up to you as a coach, they inspire to be like you and you as a coach are the ones that could make the difference in if they continue to play soccer or not in the future. Coaching kids makes me remember why I love soccer. They have no worries in the world and just enjoy playing the game, I love seeing how much energy they have and how hard they work."

Playing Experience
Semi-pro- Blackburn Rovers Ladies, England. Came over the the US in 2012 and played NCAA D1 soccer at Murray State University until 2016. This summer was selected to play for the Chicago Red Stars reserves team.
Favorite Sports Team:
England National Team
Maciek Gadziala
USSF National D Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
UIC-Bachelors of Science in Management

"To provide exceptional experience to all senior and youth players through coach's motivation, passion, engagement, leadership with emphasis on teamwork, players' attitude towards individual and team success. Working with kids presents an opportunity to transfer all of my coaching philosophies and to help them become a better soccer player and leader on and off the field. "

Playing Experience:
International (Europe/Poland): Began in 1991as U13 player for semi-professional club youth program. In 1994, as a U16 player, debuted as a starter in Central Midfield Position in a Fourth Division (Official Semi-professional league of Polish Football Association) Senior Squad and registered appearances in every game for one and a half seasons. In 1996 (during January transfer window) as a U18 player, acquired mid-season by a Third Division Professional Football Club called MKS Tarnovia Tarnow and registered several appearances until Summer (end of 1996 season) of same year. After end of season, permanently moved to United States. United States (Chicago, Illinois): 1996-1997: Foreman High School Varsity Soccer Team Captain and Most Valuable Player for two seasons registering total of 80 points during 2-year tenure (calculating both goals and assists for one point each). 1996: City of Chicago Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Championship; Illinois High School Varsity Soccer State Tournament Finalist; Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association All State Tournament Team selection/honoree. 1997: City of Chicago CPS All-Star Game Most Valuable Player. Recruitment/Letter winner from University of Illinois at Chicago on full athletic scholarship to NCAA Division I Varsity Soccer Program 1998-2001: University of Illinois (UIC) Varsity Soccer Program starter/member 1999-2000: Back-to-back Midwest Collegiate Conference (Now called Horizon League) Championship as well as end of season MCC's Tournament Champion and NCAA Division One Tournament qualification(s)/appearance(s) (1999 Round of 32 and 2000 Sweet "16") 2001 - 2010: Wisla Chicago Soccer Athletic Club First Team Starter/Member 2001 - 2010: Multiple USSF Illinois Amateur State Cup Tournament Champion, USSF Midwest Division Cup Tournament Champion, USSF National Amateur Cup Tournament Finalist

Julie Johnston
USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BA-Communications-Western Michigan University

"It's rewarding to help kids improve as individuals and as a team. I also like knowing I have been a positive influence in laying a foundation for their future in athletics."

Playing Experience:
Western Michigan University
Michigan Hawks S.C.
Lakeview High School
Team Captain 2 years,All city 4 years,All city captain 3 years,All conference 2 years,All state 2 years,Team won city championship 4 years
Team won regionals 3 years
Favorite Sports Team:
Manchester City




Tom Johnston
USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BA-Penn State University

"I believe players play their best when having fun. I love seeing individual players improve as a result of well-designed training sessions and apply their skills in games. I hope to be a good influence in their lives"

Playing Experience:
1995-1998 Penn State University
1995-1996 Big Ten Scholar Athlete Award,
Hersey High School
All Conference, Daily Herald All Area
Chicago Pegasus SC-5 Illinois State Cup Championships
Favorite Sports Team:
Tottenham Hotspur, Chicago Blackhawks
Eric Love
USSF "Nattional C" Coaching License
USYSA "National Youth License"
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
Augustana College-Business Administration-Marketing & Management

Playing Experience:
Augustana College

"Soccer is a universal game that requires both physical and mental demands. I love coaching soccer at all levels because there is always more to learn. Working with the 3 & 4 year old soccer players is rewarding because you are introducing them to a game that they can enjoy and could impact the rest of their life! That same enthusiasm continues into the youth travel programs with Elite Soccer as players start to learn soccer skills and life lessons during practice & games. Once you get to the higher levels, coaching is rewarding because you can truly see the intensity that a sport has on the field while combining that friendship which teammates never lose."

Buffalo Grove HS
IHSA 2nd in State, 2-time Team Captain, 2-time Leading Scorer, 2-time MSL All-Conference, 2-time Daily,Herald All-Area, IHSA All-Sectional, Chicago Tribune All-State,IHSA All-State Tournament Team

Favorite Sports Teams:
Basketball...and I love the Bulls.
Geoffrey Layne
USSF "National D" License
NSCAA "National Youth License"
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
Former Staff Coach-Scotch/Fanwood Soccer Association-New Jersey,Palatine Celtic Soccer Association, Soccer in the Streets-Inner city program, FC Chicago,Alithsa Soccer Club
30 years coaching experience

"Provide a training environment that will help players gain fundamental skill necessary to become the best they can be at “The beautiful game of soccer.”

Playing Experience:
Blue Stars Soccer Club-New York (semi-pro) Blackhawks Soccer Club-Trinidad & Tobago Splitfire-Trinidad & Tobago
Texaco Sports Club-Trinidad & Tobago WestHam-Trinidad & Tobago
St. Benedicts College-Trinidad & TobagoSilver medalist in the Pan American Game representing Trinidad & Tobago

Favorite Sports Team:
Barcelona
Brian McBride
USSF "National B" License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
St. Louis University
US Soccer"Hall of Fame"
Buffalo Grove High School

Playing Experience:
Career Highlights Click Here
3 World Cups for the USMNT
USMNT-95 CAPS, 30 international goals
Fulham,Chicago Fire,Columbus Crew
Favorite Sports Team:
USMNT
Tony Meza
USSF National License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
Eastern Illinois University
Kinesiology and Sports Studies-Exercise Science

"Soccer is more than just putting on a pair of cleats and kicking a soccer ball. Coaching allows me to not only develop player tactics and skills, but it allows me to develop traits, and personalities, which will bring success on and off the field."

Previous Coaching Experience
Downers Grove Road Runners
Charleston High School
Step-Ahead
Elgin Pumas

Playing Experience:
Eastern Illinois University Men’s Soccer (2012-2015)
Chicago Magic Academy PSG (2009- 2012)
Dundee- Crown High School (2008-2011)
U-15 USMNT Player Pool (2008)
Robert Moore 
USSF National License 
BA from Augustana College 

"To be able to help kids not only become better soccer players, but better people is truly an honor and privilege. The fact that I get to coach the sport I love and be able to teach everything I learn to players every day is a dream come true."

Coaching Experience 
Oak Brook Soccer Club
Kopion Soccer Club 
Westmont Yard/Lil Kickers

Playing Experience
Montini Catholic High School Men's Varsity Soccer (2006-2010)
-2x Captain, -2x All-Conference Athlete, 4x All-Academic Athlete, Daily Herald All-Area Team, Augustana College Men's Varsity Soccer (2010-2012), Augustana College Men's Club Soccer (2012-2014), Co-Founder and Vice President, Captain 
Gonzo Nunez

USSF "D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
Harper Junior College
University of Illinois at Chicago

“Coaching provides me with the opportunity to teach life lesson that players can apply on and off the pitch. This sport has provided me with amazing memories and valuable skills that will continue to grow throughout my coaching career.”

Playing Experience:
Harper College – Captain, 1stTeam All-Regional
Grove United Soccer Association
Adlai E. Stevenson High School-All-Conference

Favorite Sports Team:
FC Barcelona, Chelsea F.C, Chicago Bulls

 Emily Ogrady
GK Coach
NSCAA GK National License Level 1-3
University of Western Michigan

"Coaching is about giving back but more importantly it’s about making a difference in a players life. One of my favorite coaches taught me the meaning of sportsmanship and how it doesn’t only apply to the world of sports. I’ve seen my fair share of good and bad from the club level all the way to the NCAA D1 tournament level. Good coaches teach winning form and attitude but there’s more to coaching than that. A truly great coach teaches you not only to better yourself in the athletic arena but also to use your abilities to help you get through the challenges of life. I strive to be one of those coaches."

Playing Experience:
Western Michigan
Iowa State University
Maine South HS
FC United
Elite S.C.

Josh Robinson
USSF "D" License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
IHSA Certified Coach
Metea Valley Varsity Boys Head Coach
14 years Coaching Experience
History Teacher-Metea Valley
BA, University of Illinois, Chicago

"My favorite aspect of coaching is building relationships with my players and families.As we go through the journey together, I want my players to understand hopes and dreams will never improve their skills.I believe the right actions and commitment always will.The idea of "goal getting" over "goal setting" is what I want my players to embrace."

Playing Experience
NCAA Division I, University of Illinois, Chicago
Horizon League Academic Honor Roll
Horizon League Conference Champion, NCAA Sweet 16
St Charles High School:MVP while earning Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune Second Team All-State accolades.Was also selected to the Daily Herald's All-Area Team, the Upstate Eight All-Conference squad and the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team

Favorite Sports Teams
Barcelona, Chicago Cubs
Dan Reynolds
USSF "National D" License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
NSCAA National license
USSF Youth U8-U10 & U10-U12 modules
Harper-Communications Degree

"The opportunity to instruct young competitive players to build their self-confidence, guide them through the steps to progress and develop skills, while having FUN around the beautiful game of soccer is an AWESOME joy for me as a coach. Providing a safe soccer environment to try your best, be encouraged for effort, and learn the strengths a young player has to offer, while having FUN are sound life lessons. Allow mistakes to grow, educate about the choices to make and praise for the successes obtained (more than just a goal) from effort."

Playing Experience:
Harper Junior College
Wheeling HS-MSL Soccer Bowl Title
Real FC57-State Cup Champions
Favorite Sports Team:
FC Barcelona
Jenna Samp
USSF "National D" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BA-University of Wisconsin Whitewater
MA-Elmhurst College
Teacher York High School

"I am a coach because of my passion, love and giving back to the game. My coaching philosophy is fostering an environment for my players to be confident, successful, and build good character on and off the playing field. I allow my players to feel confident giving them a sense of accomplishment that enables my players to grow. I always provide an opportunity to develop their skills and create a learning environment that is constantly challenging and enjoyable!"

Playing Experience:
University of Wisconsin Whitewater
Palatine HS

Favorite Sports Team:
USWNT


Gabe Soto
USSF "National" Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
BS-Illinois State University
MA-Concordia University
Physical Education Teacher District 102
 
“I strive to create an environment that fosters individual player growth, while also developing an understanding of the importance of team play.Soccer has taught me so much on and off the pitch, and I hope my players can learn the same valuable lessons I’ve experienced.”
 
Playing Experience:
Illinois State University Club Soccer
Wheeling High School. - 2 time All-Conference
Eclipse Select
Real F.C.
Favorite Sports Team:
Arsenal
Phil Stephens

NSCAA’s Advance National Diploma
NSCAA’s Director of Coaching course
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma
NSCAA’s National Diploma
USSF "National D" License
CAA's GK 1 & 2
Illinois Youth Soccer Goal Keeper training course
National Youth “Y” License, US Youth Soccer,
USSF North Texas State Soccer Association National “D” License
Master’s Degree in Coaching Education, Ohio University, Projected Spring 2014 Graduation
Masters of Science, Financial Management, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 1996
Bachelors of Science, Business Management, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL 1986

"I feel it's both an honor and great responsibility to lead and guide athletes through the sport of soccer.What a great opportunity to teach life lessons!I love seeing the players grow both individually and as a team."

Favorite Sports Team:
Tottenham Hotspurts

Tim Shuda
USSF National D Coaching License

"Coaching gives me the opportunity to teach young kids the best way I know how, through soccer. Being able to develop youth soccer players on and off the field is something I take a lot of pride in and I love have a direct impact on their lives."

Coaching Experience:
West Chicago High School
Downers Grove South High School
Huntley High School
Lyons Township Soccer Club

Playing Experience:
West Chicago Community High School
All Sectional Team
All Conference
Daily Herald All Area Team

Favorite Sports Teams:
USMNT
Chicago White Sox
Fernando Silvado
USSF National D License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
US Army-Medic 
Masters-Liberty University
BA-Trinity International University

Coaching Experience:
Florida Rush Soccer
Elite S.C. 

Playing Experience
Trinity International College
Brazil Youth Soccer
Taso Triantafillidis
USSF National C License
NSCAA Premier Coaching License
PCA "Double Goal Coach" Certified
Eastern Illinois University

Coaching Experience:
Over 15 years of coaching experience
USSA
Oak Brook SC
Lake Front Soccer Club

Playing Experience:
BGHS
Green White SC


Sarah Tandet
USSF "D" License
Certified Physical Education and Health Teacher K-12
CDC Heads Up! Concussion Certification
Former Rosary High School Assistant Coach
Former Central High School Assistant Coach

"The reason I coach soccer is because it allows me to transfer my knowledge and passion for the game onto the next generation of young soccer players.  Being able to share my love for the game as well as the impact it had on my life with others is a unique gift.  I love seeing the growth, the development, and overall learning of the players, both on and off the field.  I look forward to fueling their dream, their passions, and their overall love of soccer through my coaching and interactions with the players."

Playing Experience:
Chicago Wind
Stevenson High School
College of Lake County
Aurora University, NCAA DIII

Favorite Teams: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears, USWNT, Chelsea, Alabama Crimson Tide, and the University of Illinois Fighting Illini

Kyle Wooten
USSF National D License
Futsal Coaches Certification Level 1
College of Dupage

"Soccer did for me what nothing else could by giving me an outlet during the times that I needed it most, teaching me important life lessons and habits, and overall developing my character in both individual and team settings. As a coach I enjoy creating a fun but challenging environment for all players with hopes of developing good soccer players on the field and even better young people off of it."

Previous Coaching Experience
Darien Swarm
Oak Brook SC
Downers Grove Roadrunners SC
NH United SC
Elmhurst College
Evergreen Park High School
Nazareth Academy
Westmont Yard

Playing Experience
Chicago Blast SC
Hinsdale Hawks SC
Hinsdale South High School
College of DuPage

Favorite Sports Teams
FC Barcelona, Chelsea F.C. 

John Coumbe-Lilley, PhD, CC-ASSP, CSCS
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago

Elite S.C. Sport Psychology Consultant
John is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Kinesiology & Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is an AASP certified and practicing sports psychology consultant. He played and coached international rugby league and rugby union and has coached and consulted at the community, state and national levels in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States in soccer, rugby, curling, triathlon, equine sports, swimming, softball, tennis and dog handling. His sport psychology experience includes NCAA teams; Team USA Vancouver Olympics, USA Rugby, Rugby Canada, Equestrian Canada, Army ROTC, medical teams and Fortune 1000 companies. He is a member of the U.S Olympic Sport Psychology Registry. John holds the NSCAA Premier Diploma and USSF B license with experience coaching youth, high school and ODP soccer. He played soccer for his home town’s youth team Dover Athletic FC and Crewe and Alsager College of Higher Education. John has published several articles on mental skills training and the integration of mental and physical/technical training for soccer.

Club Administrators

Shawn Mongoven
Club Adminstrator

[email protected]
773-957-5608
Laura Wardle
Travel Coordinator
Tournament Liaison
[email protected]

Ki Kellen
Youth Programs Administrator
[email protected]

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